Paul Ryan's Bogus Soup Kitchen Photo Op

Jesus washed the feet of the poor. The Republican vice presidential nominee re-washed their clean pots and pans.

Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan and his wife Janna wash pots at St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen in Youngstown, Ohio.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
October 16, 2012 1:40 PM ET

Eager to prove he's not a heartless monster just because his budget will throw millions of poor people off of food stamps and Medicaid, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan paid a surprise visit last week to a Youngstown, Ohio soup kitchen run by the local St. Vincent DePaul Society. The only problem? He wasn't invited. No matter. According to the charity's president, Ryan "ramrodded" his way into the place so he could stage a cheap photo op.

Undeterred by the fact that that no food was being served at the time, Ryan trouped photographers into the kitchen, donned an apron and proceeded to apply his elbow grease to . . . a bunch of pots that were already squeaky clean. "The photo-op they did wasn't even accurate," added the charity's president. "He did nothing."

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